Grizzly Creek Trail

Eagle, Colorado

Grizzly Creek Trail

Grizzly Creek Trail Professional Guide

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"Grizzly Creek tumbles and cascades merrily through a thick forest filled with wildflowers and berry bushes. You can hike as far as you like while enjoying this beautiful little canyon with its limestone cliffs. The hike description takes you down to the creek across from an aqueduct that carries water from Grizzly Creek to No Name Creek and on to Glenwood Springs for drinking water.

Back in 1881 a wealthy game hunter reportedly shot the largest grizzly bear in western Colorado in the upper end of this canyon—hence the name Grizzly Creek. Although grizzlies lived for years in the western part of Colorado, their population declined dramatically after 1900. A hunting guide killed a grizzly in Colorado in 1979 in the San Juan Mountains. Today they are no longer found in the state to the best of anyone’s knowledge."

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This trail is nice, but in need of some serious hedge trimming! after the first manicured .25 miles, the brush got so think that I could hardly see the trail. The end of the trail is marked by the only cairn. There aren't any great sights to see.

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Hiking Colorado's Roadless Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Penelope Prudy
"A remarkably friendly way to reach the interior of the otherwise formidable Glenwood Canyon, the trail enters a side canyon cut by the rushing Grizzly Creek. The first 0.25 mile is suitable for kids, but the trail later gets more challenging. As the path climbs toward a series of waterfalls, it parallels the stream and is flanked by massive, colorful canyon walls showcasing some of Colorado’s complex geology. Note that part of the trail is open to mountain bikers, but the whole path is closed to ATVs." Read more

Trail Information

Nearby City
1,820 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3.5- 5 hours
USDA Forest Service, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, 125 W. 5th St., Eagle; (970) 328-6388; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Glenwood Springs; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 123 Flat Tops SE/Glenwood Canyon; USFS White River National Forest map
Local Maps

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